Journalist and essayist Nicole Chung presents ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW, her memoir of growing up adopted in a white family and searching for her roots. Nicole appears in conversation with Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers.
Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee.
But as Nicole grew up — facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from — she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth.
With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets — vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
Nicole appears in conversation with Rebecca Makkai, author of "The Great Believers," which is a 2018 National Book Award finalist. She has also written novels "The Hundred-Year House," "The Borrower," and shorty story collection "Music for Wartime."